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Burundi Kayanza Yandaro Fully Washed

Origin Burundi /

Altitude 1 800 masl /

Crop Year 2018 /

Varietal red bourbon /

Product Code 6466

About Burundi Kayanza Yandaro Fully Washed

Burundi’s volcanic soils, high altitude, plentiful rainfall and dry harvest season create perfect conditions for growing high-quality Arabica coffee. Kayanza province is located in the northern part of Burundi, near the border with Rwanda and it is one of the key water sheds that feed the Nile River.

Yandaro washing station is located in the valley of a river with the same name. The growing area around the station benefits from being close to the Kibira Rainforest. A rainforest is a healthy ecosystem that helps keep up the groundwater reserves and nutrition in the soil for the region around it. With its closeness to a large river, Yandaro has a very strategic location in a high-potential coffee region. The station services 3500 local coffee producers from 22 hills or collines around the station. The average altitude in the area is 1800m. During the harvest season, Yandaro processes more than 1200 tons of coffee. The region has a mild climate with average temperatures between 18 and 25°, depending on the altitude.

The parchment dries on 20m long raised tables under natural sunlight. Usually, each table holds 800kg of parchment. In the peak of the season, the maximum load for a table is 1000kg. Each table has a traceability tag with the lot info. The parchment is left to dry from sunrise to sunset and is covered with a sheet during the evening or when it rains. If the weather conditions are good, the parchment takes on average 10 to 14 days to dry.

About Burundi

Coffee was introduced to Burundi by Catholic Monks from the small island of Reunion in the 1930’s. Most popular variety is Bourbon, however other varieties are grown including Blue Mountain. The crop is exclusively grown by smallholders, which are grouped into farmer associations called Sogestals.

Due to the age of the trees and the variance in rainfall, there is a huge amount of fluctuation in coffee production. On average the crop is around 20,000MT. All of the the trees are Arabica, with around 70% processed as fully washed. There was an attempt to introduce Robusta in Burundi by establishing a large plantation, however this was destroyed during the times of civil was and rebellion towards the end of the 20th century.